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Steve Altes (born November 13, 1962) is an American rocket engineer and writer, best known for his humorous essays. His specialty is getting hired into unusual occupations and writing funny accounts of his misadventures. Some escapades he has written about include working as a hand model, a stand-in for Brad Pitt, a trainer at the Federal Bureau of Investigation Academy, answering phones for President-elect Bill Clinton, and applying to the Central Intelligence Agency.

His essays have been published in the Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, San Francisco Examiner, Christian Science Monitor, Boston Phoenix, National Lampoon, Technology Review, The Ottawa Citizen, Penthouse, Funny Times, The Syracuse Herald-Journal, Fairfield County Weekly, and He has been a commentator for NPR's All Things Considered and is a member of Us Weekly's fashion police.

Altes also works as a humorous speaker and a print model. In the late 1990s his face appeared on the box of Just for Men Sandy Blond haircolor. In 2004, he competed on the first season of the TV series Extreme Dodgeball, playing for the undefeated league champions, the Certified Public Assassins.

Altes was born in Syracuse, New York. Earlier in his career, Altes worked as an aerospace engineer. He holds three degrees (S.B., Aeronautics and Astronautics; S.M., Aeronautics and Astronautics; S.M., Technology and Policy) from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, obtained in 1984, 1986, and 1986 respectively, MIT Alumni Association's Infinite Connection and was part of the Orbital Sciences Corporation team that was awarded the 1991 National Medal of Technology by President George H. W. Bush for developing the Pegasus air-launched space booster. His master's thesis was titled, "The Aerospace Plane: Technological Feasibility and Policy Implications." Altes's thesis became the only college thesis ever reviewed by The New York Review of Books when James Fallows reviewed it in the December 18, 1986 edition.

He lives in the Los Angeles area, is married to acting coach Diana Jellinek, and has two sons, Augusten and Remington.

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Total Books: 3
Geeks  Greeks
2016 - Geeks Greeks (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780996350440
ISBN-10: 0996350446
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Comics & Graphic Novels

If You Jam The Copier Bolt
2001 - If You Jam the Copier Bolt (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780740718656
ISBN-10: 0740718657
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Humor & Entertainment
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The Little Book of Bad Business Advice
1997 - The Little Book of Bad Business Advice (Paperback)
ISBN-13: 9780312962234
ISBN-10: 0312962231
Genre: Humor & Entertainment